Tens of thousands gather in city centre for pro-unity demonstration two days after Madrid took hold of Catalonia

Tens of thousands have gathered in central Barcelona as the city prepares for a pro-unity demonstration two days after the Catalan parliament voted for independence and the Spanish government took control of the region.

Sunday’s demonstration, due to begin at 12 noon local time, has been called by the anti-independence group Societat Civil Catalana, which organised a similar event earlier this month that was attended by hundreds of thousands of people.

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